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In a starred review, PW called this western adventure "a real knock 'em, sock 'em ripsnorter" with a "thrill-a-minute plot." Ages 10-up.
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Gr. 6-9. Francis Tucket is 14 years old when he strays from his family's wagon on the Oregon Trail and is captured by the Pawnee. With the help of Mr. Grimes, a one-armed trapper who maintains an uneasy truce with the Pawnee by trading them guns and ammunition, Francis escapes and spends a winter learning to survive by living off the land. The boy's admiration and respect for Mr. Grimes causes him to question his role in "civilized" society and delays his return to his family. Francis' image of Mr. Grimes is altered forever, however, when Grimes takes revenge on an old enemy with what Francis sees as unnecessary savagery. Paulsen nods in the direction of responsibility in his depiction of Native American peoples, and he gives us a fast plot and sufficient character development. Unfortunately, he wraps everything up in the final two and one-half pages, resulting in an abrupt "surprise" ending that is ultimately unsatisfying. Janice Del Negro --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Francis Tucket Books (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440411335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440411338
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newberry Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Gary Paulsen's Mr. Tucket is an exciting story of capture and escape, friendship, loyalty, and perseverance. If you love the romance of the Old West, you'll love this book. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, and you can't stop turning the pages.
Francis Alphonse Tucket celebrated his fourteenth birthday while traveling with his parents and little sister in a wagon train bound for Oregon. His father had secretly brought along a Lancaster rifle as a surprise birthday present. Francis loved the rifle, but he strayed a little too far behind the wagon train practicing his aim. He didn't even get to eat his birthday cake! About the time he noticed the wagon train was out of sight, a band of Pawnee Indians showed up and captured him. They fled like the wind to their village, erasing the signs of their passage so rescuers wouldn't be able to track Francis. At the Pawnee village, Francis was treated poorly, then lost hope when a raiding party came back with a doll that looked just like the one his sister had. It was at this sad time that Francis saw a white man riding boldly into the village. He was Jason Grimes, a one-armed Mountain Man. He was leading two pack horses loaded with goods to trade to the Indians for their furs. Francis was quickly exiled out of sight by the Indians, but Mr. Grimes had seen him. After a long session of spirited trading with the Indians in which he got most of them drunk, Mr. Grimes found Francis and released him, and helped him escape. Francis rode off barely holding on to a galloping Indian pony, heading for a place where Mr. Grimes said he would meet Francis.
The rest of the story is just as exciting as the beginning. Francis runs in and out of trouble, while learning how to survive in the wilderness and how to stand up for himself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dean on October 10, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a very good book by Gary Paulsen. It was interesting and had lots of action. I would recomed this book to anybody. I think they would enjoy it. This book started out with a boy named Francis Tucket. He lived in a wagon train that was headed to Oregon. One day for his birthday he got a rifle. One day he fell behind the wagon and was shooting his rifle when he was picked out by indians. They took him back to there camp and he became part of there tribe. Then a mountain man by the name of Mr.Grimes told him how to escape and were to meet him in a couple of days. So francis escaped and meet Mr. Grimes and they went of into the countryside. The first stop they made was at a pawnee villiage Mr.Grimes was freinds with the pawnees so they let him pass through. Then they arived at Spot Jonnies place. They stayed there for 3 weeks and then left in search of a good hunting place for beaver. They found a place and built a house there. The next fall they put out the beaver traps and when they were done they had 200 beaver pelts. One day when Mr.Tucket was ridding his horse he was attacked by indians. So Mr.Tucket and Mr.Grimes ran away from the indians. They meet a wagon trail that had been atacked by indians so Mr.Grimes went to kill bride the indian. Francis followed him and Mr.Grimes killed the indian. The Francis decided he wanted to go back to oregon with the wagons so he left Mr.Grimes and went back to his family. The characters in this story were very good. They were very well planed and fit the story well. You could really picture the senery in your mind of were they are at and the setting around them. This is a great book and i enjoyed it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Mr.Tucket, by Gary Paulsen, is by far his greatest book yet. It is about Francis Tucket who is in a wagon train bound for Oregon. He falls behind the train to practice shooting his new gun, and is captured by a groupe of indians. With the help of Jason Grimes (a one armed mountian man), he escapes the savages and learns the way of the mountians. There are two more sequels to this book, and I hope G.Paulsen will write another.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a GREAT book Mr. Paulsen! My teacher, Mr. Ita read it to the class. We just started "Tucket's Gold" today. The "Tucket" series is AWSOME! Consider writing a fifth "Tucket" book soon if you haven't already! I LLLOOOVVVEEE how the books always end leaving you hanging by a thread. We (my class & I) were in EXTREME suspence waiting for No. 4 to come out. I mean, having the last line be "Come on. We've got lots of ground to cover." is like the best way to keep you going with the books. It isn't very fun waiting for a while when you really want to know what happens. I hope the whatsimadosits don't catch Francis, Loddy, and Billy! I guess I'll have to wait!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on September 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
Mr. Tucket is a great book about a boy who is in a wagon train on the Oregon Trail.
Mr. Tucket or Francis is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians. A mountain man named Mr. Grimes helps Francis to escape. So they ride off to find his parents who should be in
Oregon. The theme of this book is survival of the fittest. If you like action and adventure, you will love this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Paulus on February 26, 2011
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I used this book in my 4th grade class. Gary Paulsen is an excellent author for this age group as his books are engaging and well-written. The first in the series, many of my students are now dedicated to reading all the other books. If you want to encourage a child to read, then get them involved in a series!
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